There is an art to entertaining. The soundtrack has to be just right (and at just the right level), avoid bright lighting at all costs and whatever you do, be sure to have wine stocked. Lots and lots of wine. If everyone’s glasses are perpetually full, others areas where you’re lacking (the dip that’s missing an ingredient, the ice you forgot to pick up), will go unnoticed. And if you want to add some pomp and circumstance to the evening, break out a decanter for your wine.